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Les Schwab agrees to $2 million in sex descrimination case

March 12, 2010

Les Schwab Tire Centers Agrees To Pay $2,000,000 To Settle Hiring Discrimination Case Involving Females
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,

SEATTLE  — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that  it has resolved its gender-based hiring class lawsuit against Les Schwab Tire Centers  of Washington,  et al., and Les Schwab Tire Warehouse, Inc. for $2,000,000 and other corrective  measures.  The EEOC’s  suit (Case No. 06-045-RSM) in U.S. District Court for the Western District of  Washington (Seattle) claimed that Les Schwab had failed to hire qualified women  for Sales & Service (tire changing) jobs at its stores in Washington,  Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Utah starting in 2004.

“While the parties have engaged  in extensive litigation the past four years, we are pleased to work with Les  Schwab to bring this case to a resolution and to start a new era of  cooperation,” EEOC Regional Attorney William Tamayo said. “This resolution allows Les Schwab and  the women who the EEOC represents to move forward.”

Mike Baldonado, EEOC San Francisco District  Director, whose responsibility includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, stated,  “The EEOC will continue to investigate employers and industries that have  put women in certain types of jobs, and men in others. We hope Les Schwab becomes a model employer  of women in the male-dominated tire industry.”

In addition to the monetary amount, Les Schwab agrees  to maintain its anti-discrimination policies and procedures and  anti-discrimination training for all its managers, assistant managers and  employees about Title VII and sex-based discrimination. The company will also provide periodic  reports to the EEOC on its compliance with the terms of the consent decree.

According to  the company’s web site,,  there are over 400 Les Schwab Tire Centers in Washington,  Oregon, Idaho,  Montana, California,  Utah and Nevada.  The company is based in Bend,  Oregon.

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Kara March 13, 2010

Of course the decision came out of San Francisco. Ridiculous, with the writer suggesting that the business become a “model for the male-dominated tire changing industry” with this decision!

This isn’t about “gender discrimination” but a strong preference by Les Schwab for MEN, not women, to do heavy handling which should be done for men who are almost always stronger to do the heavy lifting (less likely for a little accident on the job womyn!) Any doctor can tell you men have more muscle mass and strength because they ARE male!

If a woman came busting out of a tire center to help me with a tire rotation or new tires, I’d say, “Excuse me, is one of your fellas around?” No, I’m not a guy, and I’m so glad to have the fellas at Schwab put on new tires, especially when we order the heavier types.

Stupid ruling. Shame on the EEOC.

Mart March 13, 2010

Maybe the gals should wear short shorts and a skimpy top when they are changing tires……..just think of the boom in business!

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